What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?
In 2006, Green Anhui linked the heavily polluted factories in the limelight in Qiugang Village，where
53 died during 20 months and 80% of them died of cancer. We helped the native to start environment protection spontaneously, encouraged the media to report the local pollution and upheld the rights of the villagers with means of law; finally three polluting chemical plants were shut down and moved out of Qiugang Village on 20th December 2008. Our effort won the strong support from more than 2400 villagers, who called us “eco-defenders” sincerely. In 2008, Green Anhui and the American director Ruby Yang coproduced a documentary about Huaihe River, in which Qiugang Village Case was described as the key part. This documentary finished in September 2010 was named “Warriors in Qiugang Village”, which is nominated for Academy Award for best documentary in 2010 and is also the unique documentary that reflects the maladies in China.
Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.
In 2004 to defend the huaihe those days, every day engraved on my memory.
In 2004, more than 100 kilometers of the huaihe river near sewage regiment. Sewage, every killing fled, even fish jumped to shore and national vibrations. I took my Green Anhui volunteers to the huaihe river basin. In examining, we learned that some polluting enterprises in the wind when MingGou blowdown pine, Tube tightening some, dig AnGou blowdown, again tight little, they simply put sewage loaded to VAT, midnight drive pour into a nearby river, Meet leadership to emergency inspection, incredibly still dare from reservoir upstream to buy water washing river, have no need not to the extreme. A large enterprise 24 blowdown AnGou, we were found 18, and take on record.
When Some volunteers first start out environmental activities ,they think very purely and simply, think what enterprise pollution caused by the direct closing them, not to go? And on-the-spot investigation to let them know, environmental protection, still far from such simple involves many person's survival and economic development. Ngos taught them mature conception of environmental protection - good environmentalists walk not radical, violent, too utopian road, but coordinated development.
The huaihe river protection exchange project success, around the huaihe river environmental protection, we conducted research and investigation, publicity, ring teach, publications, roving exhibitions etc series activities, along the huai established close to 30 along the huai protecting group. Almost all the anhui undergraduate colleges and universities have students involved. A player of environmental investigation report won the first prize in anhui province, and the challenge of environmental volunteers survey become outstanding research papers.
Green Anhui positive activity, can win the applause and domestic and foreign environmentalists attention.
On September 27, 2004, on behalf of Green Anhui I was invited into the great hall of the people in Beijing, where he received domestic top environmental award of "the ford motor HuanBaoJiang".
In April 2005, the Green Anhui won the domestic first non-government environmental award, the ALaShan split ecological award.
Accept, I recalled environmental activities in order to save money - panning, putting money effective use of resources, looked at every volunteer self-provided mat, evening at the local school classroom on the ground and sleep. Mosquito attack, when it rains, rain and slurry flow to the room, put the shoes are floated. However, remember us to this land have done, I just feel happy.
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